1144 S. Seneca
Wichita, KS 67213
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The Conservation District has a new addition - a 10-foot Great
Plains No-Till Grass Drill. The drill is available for rental by calling
Virgil Hill (316) 259-6627. The drill is not on a trailer and weighs approximately
4,500 pounds, so those choosing to utilize this resource will have to plan
accordingly. With the weight of the drill, it is essential that a 20 mph speed
limit be maintained.
Producing crops usually involves regular tilling that agitates
the soil in various ways, usually with tractor-drawn implements. Tilling is used
to remove weeds, mix in soil amendments like fertilizers, shape the soil into
rows for crop plants and furrows for irrigation, and prepare the surface for
seeding. This can lead to unfavorable effects, like soil compaction; loss of
organic matter; degradation of soil aggregates; death or disruption of soil
microbes, arthropods, and earthworms; and soil erosion where topsoil is blown or
washed away. No-till farming thus avoids these unfavorable effects by reducing
or excluding the use of conventional tillage.
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